Reducing the risk of arson

Firefighters dealing with an incident

Arson can have a devastating effect on any business - but there are some simple steps owners can take to protect themselves. 

Ensure you include the impact of arson in your workplace fire risk assessment. A large percentage of businesses fail to return to trading following a fire.

Tips to help reduce the risk of arson

Top tips to reduce the risk of arson:

  • Report accumulated or abandoned refuse to your local council. Don’t let it become a target for arson.

  • Anti-social behaviour is often linked to arson. Report such behaviour through your local neighbourhood policing team, neighbourhood watch team or through Crimestoppers.

  • Protect your commercial property. Seek advice on security, good lighting and CCTV will often acts as a deterrent to the criminal.

  • Contact your local Fire Protection team to ask them about arson in your area. They are there to help.

  • When closing down your business adopt a thorough closedown procedure considering:

  • External doors are locked

  • Internal doors are closed

  • No unauthorised persons are left on the premises

  • No accumulation of waste or rubbish

  • Alarms are switched on

Information for business owners or managers

Arson is always a threat, but one which you as a business owner or manager can control.

Please use the links below to help you reduce the chances of arson:

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